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This charming British animated short film (it's just 23 minutes long) is a 1982 production of London's Channel 4, based on the classic children's book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations. Small children should be entranced by the story of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful rotoscoped (traced) sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination. --David Chute
Top Customer Reviews
It all started when my grand children came to greet me on christmas day, as i am a very old man i cant do anything besides watching TV. Then we all sat together and flicked threw the channels to see anything interesting to watch on christmas day.
All of a sudden, the snowman came on tele. My grand children sat next to me as i was smoking my pipe and we watching the most amazing and very enjoyable animation ever. After watching it, i orderd 9 dvd versions for my grand children and even one for myself.hehehe
I personally recommend this cartoon for all ages, it is one of those movies which will remain in your memory the rest of your life.
The story is about faith and belief--a sense of wonder, but in a way that is more spiritual than religious. Like the reviewer below, we would heartily agree that being Christian is not a pre-requisite for enjoyment, despite a delightful dance scene with Santa Claus, (the only character in the movie directly related to Christmas).
The movie touches a place in the heart which some may associate with religious belief, while others may be satisfied to find satisfactory the magic and mysterious nature of a child's imaginary world.
In our home, every member of the family is delighted by the movie's magic, without any reservation. The story emphasizes the power of a child's belief, and his creative imagination, and is greatly aided by its lack of conversation or narration, reflecting the wordless storybook which inspired it.
The score, which includes a beautiful, haunting piece of instrumental music for the boy's journey to the North Pole, is mysterious and soothing--very European and modern, yet perfectly appropriate for this movie. I can't think of any reason not to buy this video for every child you know--it's really the type of movie children should grow up with.
‘THE SNOWMAN’ which was adapted from Raymond Briggs’s classic picture book, is a family favourite. A beautiful story of a boy whose snowman comes to life at midnight, it has captured the imagination of generations and continues to enchant. Nominated for an Oscar in 1982 and awarded the British Academy Award for best children’s entertainment in the same year, no family film collection is complete without James and his wondrous friend.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1982 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Animated Short Film for John Coates. 1982 BAFTS® TV Awards: Win: Best Children's Programme (Entertainment/Drama) for John Coates. Nominated: Best Graphics for Dianne Jackson and Raymond Briggs.
Cast: David Bowie (Re-Released Version) and Raymond Briggs (voice)
Directors: Dianne Jackson and Jimmy T Murakami (supervising director)
Producers: Iain Harvey and John Coates
Screenplay: Raymond Briggs (book)
Composer: Howard Blake
Music: Peter Auty (treble) and Sinfonia of London
Art Department: Dianne Jackson, Hilary Audus, Jill Brooks and Joanna Harrison
Special Effects: Mario Cassar
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Audio: English: 2.0 LPMC Stereo Audio
Running Time: 26 minutes
Region: Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Christmas wouldn’t be the same without another showing for the heart-melting fantasy about a boy whose snowman creation magically comes to life.Read more ›
After we watch "The Snowman," I usher my daughter off to her nap, and she snuggles in tightly under her covers and speaks-in a dreamy voice-- of the snowman, and how she can't wait for snow to fall.
"The Snowman" has shaped her imagination in a way I never thought possible. Thank you so much, Mr. Briggs, for bringing such magic into our lives.
Most recent customer reviews
Came sooner than estimated. Would rate it a 5 except I cannot play the movie until I find a reliable Multi-region BR player, with great reviews, for under $300 from Amazon.Published 5 months ago by Guy
Every home with children should have this to watch Christmas Eve.Published 6 months ago by Daphne Hart
A wonderful story about a young boy who builds a snowman who comes to life. There is no dialogue only music, but still manages to capture the sense of adventure and wonderment... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah Stafford
THE most beautiful Christmas story / cartoon ever!
A must have! I've been watching it since I was 5 and now my daughter loves it too.
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